Everyone is Seymour’s Fat Lady

by chuckofish

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“If God had wanted somebody with St. Francis’s consistently winning personality for the job in the New Testament, he’d’ve picked him, you can be sure. As it was, he picked the best, the smartest, the most loving, the least sentimental the most unimitative master he could possibly have picked. And when you miss seeing that, I swear to you, you’re missing the whole point of the Jesus Prayer [“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a miserable sinner”]. The Jesus Prayer has one aim, and one aim only. To endow the person who says it with Christ-consciousness. Not to set up some little cozy, holier-than-thou trysting place with some sticky, adorable divine personage who’ll take you in his arms and relieve you of all your duties and make all your nasty weltschmerzen and Professor Tuppers go away and never come back. And by God, if you have intelligence enough to see that–and you do–and yet you refuse to see it, then you’re misusing the prayer, you’re using it to ask for a world full of dolls and saints and no Professor Tuppers.”
― J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

What better to help us prepare for the madcap rush of the holidays than a quote from J.D. Salinger’s incomparable Franny an Zooey? Balm for the overwrought American soul. Re-read the book and fortify yourself for the onslaught of the pre-Christmas rush. Whatever you choose to read, find time in your busy schedule to enjoy it properly — quietly, in solitude, and without distractions.

Have a great weekend!